Monthly Archives: May 2017

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LVs ‘Award’ Best Moments at Debriefing Retreat

Best Group with Scott, Alina and Paxton sizedThe 2016-2017 Lasallian Volunteers (LVs) gathered together as a cohort for the final time for their Debriefing Retreat, which took place May 26-29, 2017, at La Salle Manor Retreat Center in Plano, Illinois. The retreat gave LVs the opportunity to relax, reflect, recharge and reconnect.

LV alums Michael Phipps, LV 09-11, Chris Hueg, LV 11-13, and Shanae Farrell, LV 12-14 and Brothers Ed Phelan, Michael Reis and Michael Kadow accompanied the 38 LVs as they navigated the retreat’s theme, “LV Awards.” They guided LVs through periods of reflection to help the volunteers single out their best moments and “award” their supporting actors/actresses, best song that summarized their experience, and best experiences of faith, service and community.

For first-year LV Diana Lockett, serving in Chicago, this weekend affirmed that she made the right decision to serve as a Lasallian Volunteer. “Being at Debriefing and seeing friends and building relationships has made me excited about returning to the program for a second year,” she said.

DSC_0166 sizedThe weekend was spent in reflection, personally and in small and large groups. LVs had the opportunity to share their challenges but also celebrate their triumphs recognizing and celebrating those who supported and encouraged their service year in ministry and community.

Jeff Lucia, a second-year LV serving in Rhode Island shared, “Being with everyone put my service year into a perspective that helped me reaffirm my own commitment to the Lasallian mission as well as commend others for their passion for that same mission. Overall, it has been an exceptional experience to be a part of this groups’ life even if only for this brief period of time.”

DSC_0076 sized“Scott and I really felt blessed to be able to assist with bringing closure to the 2016-2017 volunteer year,” said Alina Baietti. “As former Lasallian Volunteers, we’ve experienced the value of spending time reflecting on the year with fellow volunteers. Being able to guide the most recent cohort in reflecting on their experiences in faith, service and community strengthened our belief that the Lasallian Mission is alive and thriving.”

On Sunday evening, the program recognized the 26 LVs who will be exiting the program to pursue graduate school and work. Four of the exiting LVs have been hired on at their ministries for the next school year. Seven of the exiting LVs will pursue master’s degrees as LV Scholars at Lasallian colleges/universities.

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By |May 30th, 2017|Categories: news + events|Comments Off on LVs ‘Award’ Best Moments at Debriefing Retreat

Kitson Institute Launches in July 2017

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Lasallian Volunteers (LV) is excited to announce the Brother Charles Kitson Institute for Formation of Lasallian Volunteers. Kitson Institute replaces LV Orientation and will feature a redesigned program to meet the needs of today’s Lasallian Volunteers.

Brother Charles Kitson, FSC, was a champion of inviting young people to engage in the Lasallian mission to deepen their commitment to a life lived so that others “might have life and have it in abundance.” Through Brother Charles’ example and prophetic witness, we are charged with continuing to share his message of the need for “forever Lasallians.”

Kitson Institute is an intentional formative experience which will focus on the key areas of faith, service and community. It will serve as personal, professional and spiritual formation of Lasallian Volunteers at the beginning of their year of service and engage them in deepening their Lasallian identity and belonging. This experience will invite the LVs into a process of understanding, articulating, participating and ultimately providing service and leadership in our core values of faith, service and community.

Laying the groundwork for positive and effective service as Lasallian Volunteers, Kitson Institute invites Young Lasallians to follow Brother Charles’ example and prophetic witness to begin a journey as “forever Lasallians,” a journey much needed in our world today.

Kitson Institute will be held July 21-30, 2017, at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois.

 

By |May 19th, 2017|Categories: news + events|Comments Off on Kitson Institute Launches in July 2017

Ministry of The Month: Midwest District Office

In this month’s “Ministry of the Month,” the Midwest District is featured. The ministry is the Midwest District office and the position is Young Lasallians Coordinator with Lasallian Volunteer, Molly Nocera, 15-17. Molly is a graduate of St. Mary’s University of Winona and La Salle Academy of Providence.

Molly Nocera, 15-17

Molly Nocera, 15-17

 WHAT IS THE YOUNG LASALLIANS COORDINATOR POSITION? Molly is serving in the Midwest District office (Burr Ridge, IL) as the Young Lasallian Coordinator. Her role as YL coordinator is to support Young Lasallians and share more about the Young Lasallian movement. The movement began internationally and was designed to help support young people vocationally. Young Lasallians are typically 16-35 year olds who have been positively influenced by the mission. She works under the guidance of Br. Michael Kadow, FSC, Auxiliary Visitor of the Midwest. Together they focus on three sub-groups within the age range; high school, college, and post grads/young professionals. They have spent the last year traveling to various Lasallian Schools and ministries presenting about Young Lasallians and Lasallian Vocation. During their visits, they invite young people to remain connected to the mission and help build community.

HOW DID MOLLY BECOME A LASALLIAN VOLUNTEER?

A graduate of both a Lasallian high school and university, Molly had her sights set on the LV program since her senior year in high school from a conversation with an important mentor. Her theatre teacher, Ms. Elissa Cerros, encouraged her to think about applying. She says, “During my senior year at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, I resurrected the idea of applying. I went on the website and explored site opportunities, the mission, shared blogs, etc. I felt gravitated to the program and applied shortly after.”

Brother Michael and Molly presenting during one of their trips.

Brother Michael and Molly presenting during one of their trips.

HOW DOES MOLLY TOUCH THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF STUDENTS?

Molly is not in a classroom or agency. However, she works with students by presenting on vocation and mission, helping them to get excited to stay connected to the Lasallian world after high school. She says, “In my role, I don’t work with students every day. I do, however, get to present to high school seniors with Br. Michael Kadow, FSC. Being present with their class and listening to them share about their Lasallian experience is uplifting. I may not get to witness the impact I have on them, but working with young people has certainly impacted my year as a volunteer.”

HOW HAS LIVING WITH THE DE LA SALLE CHRISTIAN BROTHERS IMPACTED MOLLY AS A LASALLIAN VOLUNTEER?

Molly and Brother Michael with a statue of the Founder

Molly and Brother Michael with a statue of the Founder

Molly has had a tremendous community experience over the last two years. She has learned so much from her Brothers and credits them for teaching her many valuable skills. She spoke very passionately about the spiritual companionship she received during her time working with Brother Mike who has given her a lot of wisdom when it comes to discernment and prayer. She said, “Living with Christian Brothers has been truly a rewarding experience. The Brothers walk with you on your journey as a volunteer. They are always available as a source for advice, encouragement, or wisdom. Oh, and don’t forget the little things, too! Because of the Brothers I now know how to cook chicken, how to navigate my way around Chicago, and to always remember I’m in the holy presence of God.”

WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS IN THE 2016-2017 COHORT SAY TO COLLEGE SENIORS ABOUT THE LASALLIAN VOLUNTEER PROGRAM?

Molly’s two years have flown by and she is going to be an alumna of a program she holds dear to her heart. She wants to encourage juniors and seniors to apply to Lasallian Volunteers because it has been such an important part of her formational journey. She says, “If you are looking for a year filled with discovery and support, then I strongly encourage you to apply. Our program is unique because of the many opportunities for all kinds of talents! I majored in Theatre and was involved in improv and campus ministry. The Lasallian Volunteer program placed me in a ministry where they knew I could utilize these talents. I am appreciative for this formative experience and I will cherish the lessons I’ve learned as a volunteer.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By |May 9th, 2017|Categories: lv of the month, news + events|Comments Off on Ministry of The Month: Midwest District Office